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tioneering purpose, avers to those who are curious in such matters, that there have a bove two thoutand people polled, who on a scrutiny would all be rejected; and out of those two thousand, fifreen hundred are not inhabitants, and five hundred not Electors of Westminster. Many from the parith of Lambeth, from Wapping, Shadwell, Ratcliffe, the Minories, and other parts, have been marshalled up to the Hustings as the constitutional collective body. Not lets than seven hundred and fifty came, in one day, fron Wapping, Deptford, Greenwich, Rotherhithe, and other fefaring places, to vote, some for one candidate, some for another; and what is astonishing, all were admitted. This is such an open violation of the rights and immunities of the real Electors of Westminiter, as demands a scrutiny, let who may be elected on the present contest, whether it be Mr. Fox, or Sir Cecil, or Lord Hood; and the Committees of each party should be publicly reprimanded for such conduct, as well as the High Bailiff. The one for bringing them up, the other for admitting them to poll.

A Gentleman, who was one of Sir George Vandeput's Committee, during the great contest about thirty-five years ago, between him and the present Earl Gower, for the city of Westminster, afferts, that the bills for ribbons, banners, and such frippery, for the former candidate only, amounted to the enormous sum of one thousand, three hundred and odd pounds!

Since the High Bailiff of Westminster declared that partners were intitled to vote, there have appeared such partnerships as were never before publicly noticed. Three soldiers polled, because they were partners in a three pair of fairs room; and two negroes, because they were partners behind the fime coach; but on being questioned, fo far from being house-keepers, they could not prove that they had been chrijiened.

April 2.] This day there was a scuffle in Covent Garden between a body of sailors from Wapping, and a party of Mr. Fox's friends. The poll was very much interrupted in confequence of the fracas, and hundreds of the Electors were prevented from getting up to the Hustings. The flags on both sides were put down, and locked up; and three of the failors wer? taken into custody. Application was made to Lord Mahon by some of Mr. Fox's friends; his Lordfhip said that certainly the failors should not be luffered to interrupt the poll, but he could not take upon him to dismiss them, without the consent of the Committee at Wood's Hotel.

The Ladies of Westminster incline to Mr. Fox, and are daily employed in affifting the canvass for that city.

Punch and humble porter is the Westminster beverage—and the God of the Grape is to be excluded altogether, except in the secret Committee. How can it be said that the

is regardless of the Commons part of the Legislature, when his at this moment takes fuch uncommon pains to see that the city of Westminster be properly represented ? .

In opposition to a paragraph in a certain morning paper, we are desired, by one of the Prince of Wales's domestics, to assert, that when the Prince's servants mentioned the circumstance of her Majesty, defiring them to vote for Cecil Wray and Lord Hood, they were answered by his Royal Highness in this manner :-" It is my duty to obey her Majesty; it is the duty of my servants to obey me; and it is the duty of every Elečtor, without regard to superiors of any description, to support, by their interests and their poll, the rights of the people.”

Mr. Samuel House, the patriotic citizen of Westminster, has maintained for upwards of forty years, in the neighbourhood where he at present resides, the character of an Honest Englishman. In the year 1763, at which time he was much more corpulent than he is at present, he undertook, for a trifling wager, to jump off Westminster

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Bridge; this extraordinary feat he performed, and wore for several years after a plushcoat, with large filver buttons, the produce of the bet.-It was remarkable that he pledged himself to jump from the Bridge at a time when he was intoxicated. His friends aftewards endeavour.d to dissuade him from the undertaking, by observing he was drunk when he made the proposal; “then, says Sam, it the more becomes me to keep my word now I am sober !"

There never was, fays a correspondent, so ridiculous a resolution as the last one of Sir Cecil Wray's Committee's inditing. Sir Cecil's own apology admits that he made the proposition to demolish Chelsea Hospital, and then comes the Committee-man's cominent, which amounts to this,-“ Sir Cecil did say so, we own, but we beg you'll

not think he nieant any such thing, and we intreat you to transfer all the blaine of « having made so ihanetul a proposition from Sir Cecil who actually made it, to the “ friends of humanity who pointed it out for public indignation.” The Committee-man who wrote the apology is but just recovered from a nervous fever.

Sir Cecil Wray was brought forward to the Electors of Westminster by Mr. Fox, and by his interest and popularity was elected Member for that city, and Lord Hood was rejected. Now Sir Cecil Wray unites and canvasses jointly with Lord Hood to attempt (but it will be in vain) the exclusion of Mr. Fox. Sir Cecil was brought forward and fucceeded as the friend of liberty, Lord Hood was rejected as the Candidate of the backstairs. Pray Sir Cecil how do you justify: this coalition, you man of honour ?

'Tis faid, that by the ancient laws of the Cretans, the horrid vice of ingratitude, was severely punished. Pray, says a correspondent, how would that generous people have treated an injurious Rat-catcher and a no less infamous Candidate for Weltiniufter?

Yesterday morning a most daring attempt was made at the Huftings in Covent Garden, to controul the freedom of Election. The partizans of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, finding the Poll going rapidly against them, immediately poured forth from their rendezvous at Wood's Hotel, a desperate gang of Jailors, displaying the King's colours, and headed by naval officers, who immediately affaulted the peaceable citizens of Westminster, by knocking down all those who were approaching the Hustings in Mr. Fox's favour ! By this honourable maneuvre the joint Candidates averted for the moment the decisive majority that must otherwise have appeared against them, and ended the contest.

There never were two men so universally reprobated as Lord Mahon and Sir Cecil Wray are for their paltry conduct during yesterday's Poil. When Lord Mahon was asked, whether he could stop the outrages of Sir Cecil's mob? he had the folly to make answer, that he could do nothing without leave of the Committee; confessing in his absurd ftile, that Sir Cecil had a regular plan for interrupting the freedom of election. What a pity it is that the wards of Bedlam are unrepresented. What constituent in all Moorfields could hesitate to vote for the Man of the Moon. Surely neither moaping melancholy nor frantic folly would helitate to join interest in favour of so perfect a representative of both the miserable extremes of irrationality and insanity.

The indignation of the Electors of Weftminster is very justly excited by the officious intrusion of Lord Mahon at their Elections. His Lordíhip is scarcely an Elector-his gestures are ridiculous-his words absolute madness-his appearance shocking. He Talks on the Huftings like the ghost of a lunatic--vociferates—inakes wry faces-is hissed hooted and then sneaks off.

Lord M-h-n has long been admired by his friends for skill, in the conduct of popular assemblies. Of this he gave some proofs at the General Meeting of Westminiter

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Eleétors, to consider of an Address to his Majesty. The success of the BuckinghamThire meeting was also afcribed wholly to similar exertions of the fame patriotic Nobleman. But at the Westminfter Election, yesterday, the noble Lord exceeded himself. A party of failors were stationed to befiege the Shakespeare, and prevent the voters of Mr. Fox from coming to the Huftings. When requested to difperte his gang, his Lordship replied, “ I cannot disperse them, without the consent of the Committee," The fpirit of the independent Electors, however, overcame all oppoi tion, and The Man of the People still retains the majority on the Poll.

The feamen are hearty fellows, and the moment they are rightly informed that Sir Cecil is the tworn foe of the poor old soldiers, they had rather die than give their voice to the man who would starve their fellow-fufferers. Mr. Fox is a friend to Lord Hood, but Lord Hocil is as angry as any man at the cruel attack upon Chelsea Hospital.

The Duke of Queensberry having laid a few paltry bets that Mr. Fox would not carry his Election for Westminster, has been straining every remnant of a nerve about him to procure a few votes for Sir Cecil. Many lay this conduct arises from the Duke's anxiety left he thould shortly cease to be a courtly thing ; while others affirm. his Grace has an inveteracy against Mr. Fox, on account of its being whispered some years since, that he assisted in the memorable stanzas addressed to the Duke, which. began,

“ Say, jockey Lord! advent'rous macaroni!

“ So spruce, to old, so dapper, Biff, and starch, “ Why quit the amble of thy pacing poney,

Why on a filly risk thy fame, 09 MARCH ?" The following odd rencontre happened in Covent Garden yesterday :A young failor, who was half seas over, kept running about, roaring out Sir Cecil for ever! At the corner of the Piazza an old Chelsea man stood leaning against the wall, who instantly recollected the jolly tar, and cried out, “ What! Jack, are you a friend to " the man who would pull down my only house?” Jack Toon discovered that this. speech came from his old father-in-law. The consequence may be easily imagined. The young seaman looked shamefaced, and, pulling out five shillings, broke out into the following honeft exclamation :-“ Father, is it thee?-D-m my eyes, here's the “ trash that brought me here—it's at your service-and I'll be dd if I fight for Sie “ Cecil any more." The following note was sent last night to the High Bailiff of Westminster :

Shakespeare Tavern, Friday evening. « Mr. Fox's Committee moft earnestly request the High Bailiff of Westminster to “ exert the powers vested in him by law, for the preservation of the peace, and of the “ freedom of Election during the Poll, in order to prevent a repetition of the outrages. “ of this day, so disgraceful to the police, and so dangerous to the safety of the peace66 able Electors of this city.”

To the High Bailiff of Wesiminser. The Duchess of Devonshire attended the Hustings yesterday in an elegant equipage. Her Grace wore a favour in her hat, and another on her breast, inscribed with FOX. The servants and horses were also decorated with these testimonies of approbation. Another carriage of the House of Cavendish made a like display in compliment to Mr. Fox.

Mr. Fox was well aware that he roused a nest of hornets when he undertook to reftrain the enormous crimes of the plunderers of the East; but his generous soul rose

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above all personal confiderntions. Relying on his Master's support, and the public anplaufe, he brought forward a mcnfure that will reflect eternal honour on lois name. 'If Henry the Fourib of France had facrificed Sully, in a similar situation, to a Court intrigue, he never would have obtained the name of Great.

Our natural enemies profit by Mr. Fox's abilities; they have eagerly embraced his India Bill as a fyitern of the foundett policy, and drawn from it a code of regulations for the government of the Last India Company. Poor deluded Britain! Is it your fate never to see your true interest, until it is too late to profit by the discovery; äid muit the lofs of another empire roule you from your dream of delusion?

How must every man of honour fcel for a manly honcft Minister acting under a Maiter who had entered into a compact with his enemies to betray him into their hands on a private fignal!

To facilitate the change projected long before by the fecret Cabinet, Mr. Pitt, at the opening of the feflion, called upon Mr. Fox to bring forward a strong measure for the governinent of the East India Company. No half measure! was the cry. Mr. Fox's unsuspecting temper and manly Spirit led him on to the ground where his cowardly opponents had prepared a mine' to blow him up.

The present struggle must determine the future consequence of the House of Commons. If the Ministry are succesful in their attempts at feducing the Electors throughout the country, the people may bid a long farewel to all their rights, to all their weight and influence, in preserving the balance of the Constitution. The die will soon he cast, and the event, in a few weeks, must show, whether the popular depravity of the last three months will be corrected in time to save a finking country from iminediate ruin. If men are chosen, who are tenacious of the privileges of the Commons, every thing may yet do well; but, on the contrary, should the new system prevail, and the hands of the present Cabinet be strengthened, to complete their unconstitutional designs, the glorious fabric, which has itood the wonder of ages, must fink at once, and crush the liberty, the glory, the dignity, and the power of the country, never to rise again !As we value the Constitution, we will be vigilant in this trying hour--we will save our laws, our privileges--we will commit them inviolate to pofterity-our sons shall not be justified in complaining, that their fathers were traitors to to sacred a trust; neither shall it be recorded in the historic page, that the efforts of an arbitrary and aristocratic faction, that had been baffled by the spirit of the people twenty years before, succeeded at the present period.

Mr. Sheridan was congratulated on the Hustings on Friday with the acclamations of
Mr. Fox's friends, being just returned from Stafford, where, notwithstanding the boats
of the ministerial party, he has been unanimously re-cholen.
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any new inducements were wanting to fix the Electors of Westminster in the interest of Mr. Fox, the gross and unconstitutional influence that has publicly and notoriously been exerted against him, would amply supply it. It is a literal fact, that, on one of the Ladies of the Bedchamber menacing a tradesman with the loss of the Q---'s custom, if he dared to vote against Sir Cecil Wray, the honest and independent answer was this :-" I assure you, Madam, I have every respect for their Majefies, but “ still more for the Constitution of my country. You'll excuie me, Madam, but I “ vote for Mr. Fox."

The aristocratic tyranny of the ducal par nobile fratrum of Westminster is at length displayed in the full magnitude of its insolence; for those proud Lords now tell you, that, aided by the secret influence of the they will carry the county of Middlesex, as well as that of this city, in despite of the voice of the people !

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The Treasury has bled so freely within these last thirty-six hours, that a constitutional draft from a great Houfe in Hifiminster was returned last night, to the mutual chagrin of the drawer and drawé.

All moued efforts to oppose the re-election of Mr. Fox can avail nothing ;—even the Bank of England will not be able to buy off the free fuffrages of the Electors of Weft. minster, particularly in a contest that politically involves the most facred rights of the people of England /

The liustings in Covent Garden were on Saturday last surrounded with carriages containing several of our first-rate BEAUTIES ; among others were Lady Beauchamp, and the Countetles of Carlisle and Derby.

Notwithstanding the corps, to the amount of three hundred, which were polled on Saturday, Mr Fox's friends entertain the inost sanguine expectations of his election.

The appearance of a whole regiment of guards, properly drawn up and marshalled in coloured cloaths, and headed by naval officers, produced a very ludricrous effect in Covent Garden, on Saturday laft. One or two companies more, we are well inforined, mean to exhibit themselves to day; but probably not with the same event to poor Sir Cecil, as the independent Electors of Westminster are resolved to convince the cabal, that they will not suffer a popular candidate to be borne down by the influence of a Court.

Several of the better sort of the soldiers, who voted on Saturday's poll, declared, that they never had engaged in so unwelcome a service, as supporting the man who attacked Chelsea Hospital. But who can be offended with these brave, but poor fellows, whose situation subjects them to the haughty interference of every dapper Ensign that haunts St. James's. Nero never marched the Paætorian band to a viler service.

Among the different pasquinades of the Westminster contest, one of the most popular, is a print exhibiting Sir Cecil in a state of dilimay and terror between an old Chelsea Pensioner and a young House Maid. The former is represented as brandishing his crutch against the foe of the Hospital, which is sketched in the back ground in ruins ; while the latter, standing before the door of a register office, Jhut up, deals out her vengeance with her sweeping brush.Sir Cecil has certainly brought an old house over his head, in attacking a national charity; and most probably won't have a hole, to take to, if he perfifts in his embargo on a national commodity.

There is nothing talked of any where but the Elections of London and Westminster. If a maid servant but goes for a halfpenny candle, the conversation is, “ What do you « think of the Election ?" If two Duchesses meet, their words almost at the same in

" What do you think of the Election ?" If two coal porters, two feers, two merchants, two ballad singers, two beggars meet, it is the same thing.

The Play-houses are but thinly attended owing to the Election. The Opera-house is deserted owing to the Election. Trade is neglected owing to the Election. Sobriety and Peace are banished owing to the Election. Friends quarrel owing to the Election. In short every thing is neglected that ought to be attended to, and the whole people in their hearts murmur at a certain person for all those misfortunes which are owing to the Election.

Agreeably to the laws of this country no military force is permitted to remain in a place where an election is held. Quære, How can it can it be reconciled to the spirit of

* Three battalions of the Guards were assembled in the Bird Cage Walk, in St. James's Park, and from thence marched to the Hustings. The ferjeant, who was the bearer of the news to Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, that the above were "ready at a moment's norice," was received very graciously, and had the honour to theke bands wol beartily with Sir Cecil.

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